Italy, UEFA European Women's Championship runners-up in 1993 and 1997, will continue preparations at Coverciano, Florence until 8 July, when they fly to Sweden. The Azzurre kick off their campaign two days later against Finland and also face Denmark and the hosts in Group A.

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Forwards: Patrizia Panico (ASD Torres Calcio), Cristiana Girelli (ASD CF Bardolino Verona), Sandy Iannella (ASD Torres Calcio), Melania Gabbiadini (ASD CF Bardolino Verona), Paola Brumana (UPC Tavagnacco), Ilaria Mauro (UPC Tavagnacco).

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Midfielders: Giulia Domenichetti (ASD Torres Calcio), Alice Parisi (UPC Tavagnacco), Daniela Stracchi (ASD Torres Calcio), Martina Rosucci (ACF Brescia), Alessia Tuttino (UPC Tavagnacco), Elisa Camporese (UPC Tavagnacco).

Italy squadGoalkeepers: Chiara Marchitelli (UPC Tavagnacco), Sara Penzo (ACF Brescia), Katia Schroffenegger (SV Jena).

The row led to a protest by the players of women's Serie A champions Verona during half-time of their recent match against Empoli, whilst even Italy's Prime Minister has joined the debate.

Italy coach Antonio Cabrini admitted he had a few hard decisions after naming his final squad of 23 that will travel to UEFA Women's EURO 2013.

Ilaria Mauro (born 22 May 1988) is an Italian football striker who plays in Germany for 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam of the German Bundesliga. She spent the first part of her career with UPC Tavagnacco in Italy's Serie A.[2] She has also played for the Italian national team.[3]

Mauro made her debut for the senior national team on 10 March 2008; a 2–0 win over China at the 2008 edition of the Algarve Cup in Loulé.[5] Her first goal for Italy came against Denmark at UEFA Women's Euro 2013.[6]

The Italy women's national football team represents Italy in international women's football. The team is controlled by the Italian Football Federation (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio).

Luisa Rizzitelli, president of the national association for female athletes, is among those calling for Belloli to resign while Patrizia Panico, the Verona and Italy midfielder, said that if the comments had been accurately reported then they were “sexist, male chauvinist and ignorant”.

A group of 28 have been training at Coverciano over the past fortnight and Cabrini today which players made the cut and which five did not. Goalkeeper Laura Giuliani, defenders Michela Rodella and Federica Di Criscio, and midfielders Marta Carissimi and Pamela Conti have all dropped out.

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The following players were called up for the friendlies against China on December 3 and 6, 2015

Belloli has denied making the comments, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I never signed those minutes. Can you see my signature on them? No, and I can tell you why – because minutes can be taken and amended by anybody. I know how the minutes are taken at the LND (Lega Nazionale Dilettanti). All I am saying is that I did not utter that phrase."

"It's difficult to make choices when you have a group that is more or less on the same level," Cabrini conceded. "It's always hard to leave the girls at home. I made an overall assessment, taking account tactics and medical assessments. We haven't had any problems [in our preparations] so far and my players have responded as I thought they might."

Brescia were due to play Tavagnacco this Saturday, however the association representing female players and coaches in Italy have taken the move to scrap the game.

It comes amid an investigation by the Italian Football Association into alleged comments by Felice Belloli, the president of the county’s amateur football association. According to the minutes of a meeting to discuss funding for the women's game, he reportedly said: "That's enough, we can't always talk about giving money to this bunch of lesbians."

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:45, 11 August 2014 (UTC).

The Italian women's cup final has been cancelled amid accusations a senior official referred to female footballers as "a bunch of lesbians".

Match between Brescia and Tavagnacco called off as Prime Minister joins the debate

For details of current and former players, see Category:UPC Tavagnacco players.

Unione Polisportiva Comunale Tavagnacco, also known as Graphistudio Tavagnacco for sponsorship reasons, is an Italian women's football club from Tavagnacco, Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

Defenders: Sara Gama (ACF Brescia), Raffaella Manieri (ASD Torres Calcio), Giorgia Motta (ASD Torres Calcio), Cecilia Salvai (FC Rapid Lugano), Elisabetta Tona (ASD Torres Calcio), Elisa Bartoli (ASD Torres Calcio), Roberta D'Adda (ACF Brescia), Laura Neboli (FCR Duisburg).


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Felice Belloli, the president of the county’s amateur football association, allegedly made the comments when discussing funding for women’s football in the country. At a meeting of the Lega Nazionale Dilettanti he is alleged to have said: “That’s enough, we can’t always talk about giving money to this bunch of lesbians.”

Following 12 seasons with Tavagnacco, Mauro decided to move abroad in 2013. She signed for SC Sand of the German second division.[4]

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"All I can say to Italian football is that there has got to be an end to all these embarrassments that they have done in recent months," Matteo Renzi told RAI television. "It's time it all came to an end. Deplorable things have been said and done in Italian football of late."

The Italian Football Association (FIGC) opened an investigation last Friday after it had been sent the minutes of the LND meeting but Belloli was quick to deny making the comments. “I never signed those minutes,” Belloli told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Can you see my signature on them? No, and I can tell you why – because minutes can be taken and amended by anybody. I know how the minutes are taken at the LND. All I am saying is that I did not utter that phrase.”

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The Italian women’s cup final has been called off as a result of alleged comments by a senior football official referring to female players as a “bunch of lesbians”. Brescia were scheduled to play Tavagnacco on Saturday but the match has been scrapped, the association representing female players and coaches, has confirmed.